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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:43 PM
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Bush Confounded by the 'Unacceptable' as His Influence Declines
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Friday, October 13, 2006; Page A10


Bush Wields Word More Freely as His Frustration Rises and His Influence Ebbs

By R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writer

President Bush finds the world around him increasingly "unacceptable."

In speeches, statements and news conferences this year, the president has repeatedly declared a range of problems "unacceptable," including rising health costs, immigrants who live outside the law, North Korea's claimed nuclear test, genocide in Sudan and Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Bush's decision to lay down blunt new markers about the things he deems intolerable comes at an odd time, a phase of his presidency in which all manner of circumstances are not bending to his will: national security setbacks in North Korea and Iraq, a Congress that has shrugged its shoulders at his top domestic initiatives, a favorability rating mired below 40 percent.

But a survey of transcripts from Bush's public remarks over the past seven years shows the president's worsening political predicament has actually stoked, rather than diminished, his desire to proclaim what he cannot abide. Some presidential scholars and psychologists describe the trend as a signpost of Bush's rising frustration with his declining influence.

In the first nine months of this year, Bush declared more than twice as many events or outcomes "unacceptable" or "not acceptable" as he did in all of 2005, and nearly four times as many as he did in 2004. He is, in fact, at a presidential career high in denouncing events he considers intolerable. They have number 37 so far this year, as opposed to five in 2003, 18 in 2002 and 14 in 2001.

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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:44 PM
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1. Bush is unacceptable
Why do we have to continue to put up with him?

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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:48 PM
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5. I find this unacceptable
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buff2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:49 PM
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6. Why can't someone send him a HUGE bag of pretzels?
Nuff said.
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StoryTeller Donating Member (768 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:47 PM
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2. This reminds me of...
"Inconceivable!"

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

--The Princess Bride

:silly:
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survivor999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:47 PM
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3. He can always resign.
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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:48 PM
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4. Bush shouldn't put up with the unacceptable and intolerable
He should quit.
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distantearlywarning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:54 PM
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7. Bush throws enormous temper tantrum on White House lawn
He kicks his feet and screams and threatens to hold his breath until he passes out and then, quote, "you'll be sorry". America wouldn't buy him a pony or let him have candy at the store.

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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:57 PM
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8. i'm befuddled by his confoundment, did he really think -he- was the one
with the influence?
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:05 PM
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9. I'd say he's wielding syllables more freely than before
Words? Nah, not really.
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